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Purpose – Closing the loop at the end of products' useful life is earning increased attention from industry and academia. The recent or upcoming enactment of regulations regarding the management of end‐of‐life products is forcing manufacturers to consider strategies to increase the residual...
Purpose – The techniques that help organisations implement leading edge cost and quality practices in manufacturing operations management are typically disparate and generic in nature. There is a need to identify integrated practices at the right level of granularity, based on a clear...
Purpose – This paper aims to describe the creation of an e‐business functional requirements definition model using a case study process. Design/methodology/approach – The creation of this model was the subject of a research project, the hypothesis of which is that it is possible to produce...
Purpose – Social factors are an under‐researched but important aspect in the success of manufacturing cells. This paper sets out to investigate the impact and importance of various human factors within a socio‐technical system such as team‐based cellular manufacturing (TBCM)....
Purpose – The planning approach used is issue‐based planning or formal strategic planning, leading to local optimization and duplicated redundancy. An approach is presented in the rapid growth of the business scale which emphasizes both customization and effectiveness, not only operation...
Purpose – Estimating product cost at the design stage, often referred to as product costing, is vitally important in the product configuration process in the mass customization paradigm. There are three research streams in this field: analogous, statistical, and analytical methods. However, in...
Purpose – Effective decision making is a crucial activity for manufacturing firms of all sizes. To this end, statistical techniques, such as variance theory, cognitive maps, heuristics and process theory, are widely used. However, such techniques rarely help chief executives to understand the...
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